Aluminum Cornered Crate

This crate began life as the leg of a sawhorse.

I love the old paint on the wood.

Using an old aluminum mini loaf pan and tin snips, I cut pieces of the trays to use as corners.

The aluminum is soft and easy to pry the trays apart.

Using the corner of the wooden crate, I shaped each metal corner to the box using a hammer then screwed the metal into place.

The handle is the heavy aluminum wire that was holding all the tins together.

Using one more piece of aluminum from the trays to make an attachment for the handle. 

(Really more decorative than functional)

The crate came out great! 

The aluminum looks like galvanized steel and adds a lot of character to this rustic crate.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Looks great! I'm wondering if that handle will be sturdy enough to lift by.

    1. Hi Joyce! My handle is just decorative... I like that I can remove it if I want something taller like a vase in the crate :)

  2. Oh Susan, I LOVE it. Love the old paint, the nails poking up, etc. Just perfect!!!

    Please stop by and enter our beach glass jewelry giveaway!

  3. Wow that is absolutely gorgeous and amazing how you made it!!
    I love it!

  4. You have got to be one of the most resourceful people I read. Great eye.

  5. susan! I love all your repurposed items! great job with the corners!


  6. freaking awesome idea! Where on earth did you find all these baking pans??? Love what you used them for. Perfect!!

  7. Oh Susan! That is fantastic! Could you stop by my house and play with me?! ;)

  8. Clever and crafty! It's a great idea:)

  9. It sure does add a lot of character to the crate.
    Love it!!

  10. Wonderful idea! I Love your new crate!
    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  11. Holy moly chica! You are so amazing! Is there anything you canNOT do? How about you move to UT and teach me how to make wood treasure like you do? Pretty please?
    xo Becca

  12. What a great idea! I am always so impressed with what you come up with.

  13. Seriously? You snipped apart loaf pans? WHO thinks of that!!!!!! Obviously I pinned it under my wood tote board.


  14. What? How awesome is this? I never would have thought of that! You did a fantastic job. Thank you for the inspiration AND for linking up to Transformation Tuesday at The Ironstone Nest! XO Laura

  15. Love the crate with the metal..great idea! Visiting from the Ironstone Nest party.

  16. Wow!!!! You are one talented lady!

  17. I can't believe you thought this up! I would have never in a million years dreamed of using these items this way. I have tin snips, now I want to go scour every garage sale to find cheap aluminum things! I love the way it turned out. Visiting from Roadkill rescue.

    PS I host a linky party every weekend. I would love it if you had a chance to stop by and link up, this would be so fun to share with my readers. Thanks!

  18. Sharing this at my party later! Starts at 5, EST. Thank you!


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